Miss Garnet's Angel by Sally Vickers
Miss Garnet's Angel is a lovely story (I've read it twice!) about a spinster teacher who inherits some money and decides to go to Venice for a while.
During her stay she meets some people restoring an old church, and discovers the Bible story about Tobias and the angel.
Alternate chapters are about her and her adventures, then one about the Bible story.
Charming book, very evocative of life in Venice.
I work in a charity bookshop, and if the book is on our shelves, and someone comes to buy it, I make sure they have been to Venice, because it wouldn't mean the same unless you could picture the back streets and squares away from the tourist crowds.
Highly recommended. Maria's reply:
Thank you for the recommendation. I have just ordered my copy of Miss Garnet's Angel
on Amazon. Pity I'm not near your book shop. I would have preferred popping in, having a chat and browsing through your shop. I am a little old fashioned in that way - I still prefer the exprerience of buying an actual book (rather than a Kindle one) in an actual shop.
By the way, when you are next in Venice, you absolutely must visit the AcquaAlta Bookshop
. For anyone who loves the experience of being in a bookshop this has to be one of the loveliest you'll ever find. The link has pictures of what you can expect but nothing ever prepares you for the reality of shelves straining under the weight of countless books, cats everywhere and gondolas inside and floating past the open door.
The Essential Book about Venice
The Traveller's Companion to Venice is essential reading before you visit Venice. Hugely successful in capturing that sense of history and atmosphere which goes to makes Venice so uniquely different. Even better is the fact that the book is so easy to read unlike so many Venice guide books, most of which seem to be plodding at best.
On finishing the book I found I was literally chomping at the bit to get on the first plane to Venice.
Maria's reply: I know the book and agree it is well worth reading and certainly very different to most Venice guide books.